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Jun 18, 2000
This week's theme
Words about booklovers

This week's words
bibliophage
bibliophile
bibliolater
bibliotaph
biblioklept
bibliophobe
biblioclast

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with Anu Garg

biblioclast

(BIB-lee-uh-klast) noun Pronunciation Sound Clip RealAudio

noun: A person who mutilates or destroys books.

[Biblio- book + (icono)clast, from -klastes breaker.]

"The need to protect books from thieves and defilers (from biblioklepts and biblioclasts) is ancient indeed."
Francis A. Neelon; Osler and Ernulf's Curse; The Lancet; Oct 25, 1997.

X-Bonus

Doubt comes in at the window when inquiry is denied at the door. -Benjamin Jowett (1817-1893)


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